Construction work on the world's largest single-site solar park, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park that is also referred to as the MBR Solar Park is under way in Dubai.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) recently reviewed ion the progress of Phase 3 of the solar park, which is based on the independent power producer model.
Phase 3 of the MBR Solar Park, which will have a total capacity of 5,000MW by 2030, is being built using photovoltaic (PV) technology in three stages.
A consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar) and EDF Energies Nouvelles, which is a subsidiary of France’s EDF Group are working on the project.
The solar plant comprises an advanced solar tracking system to increase generation efficiency by 20-30% compared to fixed installations.
During his tour, Al Tayer was also briefed by CEO of Shua’a Energy 2, Fawas Al Muharrami, on the construction progress of the 800MW third phase’s third stage.
Work on the third stage of phase 3 began this year and is due to complete in 2020.
Dewa, which takes a 60% stake in Shuaa Energy 2, established the company in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium and EDF Energies Nouvelles.
The consortium owns the remaining 40% of the company, with Masdar taking 24%, and EDF Energies Nouvelles taking 16% stake.
The international consortium, led by renewable energy contractors Gran Solar and Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy, is handling engineering, procurement, and construction works for the project.
Al Tayer was accompanied during his tour by Dewa’s executive vice president of business development and excellence, Waleed Salman; and Dewa’s vice president of clean energy and diversification, Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, according to UAE state news agency, Wam.
Last month Al Tayer also reviewed progress on the four-floor Innovation Centre project at MBR Solar, which covers an area spanning 4,000m2 and stands 90m high.
The structure also features a floor highlighting Dewa’s experiences in energy and water, and its progress in the solar power sector.
(Source: Construction Week YouTube channel)